Baroness Dame Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina
Barony of Thescorre, Kingdom of AEthelmearc
Curriculum Vitae
Cooking Accomplishments:
* Researched, organized, and prepared over a dozen feasts - including a coronation banquet for
      175 gentles; Taught pasta-making and bread-making in the kitchen during several events.

* Mentored and/or provided period food research for 20+ feasts

* Provided scullery help, rescued recipes (taught cooks how to make a roux, how to properly sauté
      mushrooms, safely slice meat, etc.), decorated dishes, and served food at dozens of feasts


Classes Taught:
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An Overview of Spices in the Age of Exploration (Rapier Academy)

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Turkish Garb: An Overview of Female Ottoman Clothing (College of Three Ravens)

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How to Plan Feasts People will Actually Eat (College of Three Ravens)

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An Overview of Renaissance Kitchen Equipment (Serve It Forth! food history symposium)
       
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* No Eels, Please! Non-Weird Period Food (College of Three Ravens)

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Creepy Cuisine, or, Yes Some Period Food IS Weird (Sterlynge Vayle Schola, 3 Ravens)

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Gode Cookery Sytes: How to Research Medieval Food If You Have No Period Cookbooks...
    and No Money to Buy Any (Ęthelmearc Academy)

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New World vs. Old World Foodstuffs (Rapier Academy, several Artisan Forums)

* Breadmaking demonstration with Overview of Period Bread History class (several demos)

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Comparing & Choosing Medieval Cookbooks (War Practice)

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Medieval Pasta - History, Preparation, and Recipes (UWEKAT, College of Three Ravens)

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Useful Internet Websites for Medieval Food Research (several Artisan Forums)

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Antidote Anecdotes: Medieval Poison Prevention (Concoction of Cooks)

* Overview of Medieval Spices (several Artisan Forums)

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Herbs for the Medieval Kitchen & Garden (Rochester Museum & Science Center)

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Plants in the Medieval Garden (Thescorre social meeting)

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Simple Group Middle Eastern Dances (Sterlynge Vayle Schola and College of Three Ravens)

A Gode Grocery List : what food was prepared in an English Medieval kitchen, and how did it get there? (College of Three Ravens)

* Medieval Spices show-smell-and-tell (College of Three Ravens)




Papers Written for Publication:
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The Winding Road to A Persona (How I Became A Khazar) (Thescorre's newsletter, Fewmet)

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Gode Cookery Sytes (quarterly SCA food journal Serve It Forth!)

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Comparing & Choosing Medieval Cookbooks (Serve It Forth)

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Is Honey Butter Period? (Fewmet)

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Sviatki - Period Russian Holiday Food (Fewmet)

* Kitchen Catastrophes (Serve It Forth!)

* Food In the Middle Ages (Fewmet)

* My Favorite Medieval Herbs (Fewmet)




A&S Competitions:
* 2002 - named the Baroness' Favorite for "First Attempts" A&S Competition at College of Three
       Ravens (my first scroll  illumination)

* 2002 - won the Ice Dragon "Main Dish" category with
Tart in Ymber Day and "Research Paper"
       category with
An Overview of Renaissaince Kitchen Equipment   (PDF)

* 1999 - won the Arts competition at Sergeants & Yeomen with
Banbury Cake

* 1998 - won the Ice Dragon "Side Dish" category with
Dish of a Gourd Resembling A Fish
       and "Subtlety" category with
To Make Sturgyn.

* 1997 - won the Ice Dragon "Main Dish" category with
Bratwurst

* 1996-1997 - received three Raven Pins for winning A&S competitions at Thescorre mini-scholas for a subtlety redaction, a discussion of period poisons, and an overview of my feast research.




Offices Held
* Pennsic 32 Publications Editor (Pre-Pennsic and Onsite Books)
* Thescorre drop-dead deputy Seneschale: July 2002 to present
* Ęthelmearc Kingdom Archivist: September 2000 to present
* Ęthelmearc Kingdom Waiver Secretary: January 2002 to present
* Former Thescorre Co-Chronicler of Fewmet: December 2001 to September 2002
* Former Thescorre Seneschale: 1997-1999 (duties included running a baronial election)



Other Service
* Co-founder, Ęthelmearc Cooks Guild, January 2002 (I created and currently maintain its
webpage)

* Teach
Middle Eastern dance at monthly practices in the Barony of Thescorre
       (since 2000). I also led monthly dance practices in the Shire of Hartstone in 2001.

* Judged research papers for 2003 Ice Dragon A&S Pentathalon

* Judged perfumery, baked items, side dishes, subtleties, herbology, and non-alcoholic beverages
       at the 2002 Ice Dragon A&S Pent

* Judged herbalism, research papers, and all five culinary categories at the 2001 Ice Dragon.

* Pennsic service: Over the past 15 years, I've volunteered with the Woods Battle waterbearers,
     Troll, A&S Point, Chirurgeon's Point, and as a Royal Encampment gate guard. I served for
     three years on Pennsic Services Staff (admin. assistant to Master Devon). I have agreed to do the
     preregistration and on-site booklets for Pennsic 32 in 2003.

* Participated in numerous academic and public demos in Thescorre and other groups.

* Co-taught several classes on Medieval food and/or gardening at the Rochester Museum & Science
      Center as part of the ongoing adult education program.

* Participated in several special Medieval dance performances at SCA events, museum demos, and
      public demos.

* Participated as a non-singing performer with RavenSong at two choir performances. (I operated a
      fox puppet for "Tomorrow The Fox" and was a dancing nymph in "The Lustie Month of May")

* As a member of the Ęthelmearc Biscuit Cutters Guild, I have helped bake and decorate "vigil
     cookies" in the shape of pelicans, knights, & laurel wreaths for various vigil receptions since 1997.

* Prepared and volunteered food for various kingdom haflas, Queen's Teas, or other formal parties
     or receptions at several Pennsics since 1998.

* Prepared one day's breakfast and dinner for the entire Ęthelmearc Royal Encampment during the
      reign of Cygnus and Dorinda I, 1999.


Awards Received:
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Laurel - Society Order for Arts & Sciences
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Pelican with Patent of Arms - Society Order for Service
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Fleur d'Ęthelmearc - kingdom Order of High Merit for Arts & Sciences
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Millrind with Grant of Arms - kingdom Order of High Merit for Service
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Sycamore - kingdom Order of Merit for Arts & Sciences
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Keystone - kingdom Order of Merit for Service
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Raven's Feather - baronial order for service, arts, and martial endeavors
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Sigil - service to the Crown
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Award of Arms
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Raven's Egg - personal token from the baron & baroness
* Gold
Cauldron Bleu Spoon and Peppergrinder - baronial cooks guild recognition for excellence in
         period cooking research and feast preparation

Heraldic Arms:
Azure, three catamounts sejant guardant argent and a bordure argent semy of stars of David azure.

Interests:
Medieval cooking & baking, herbalism & herbal medicine, Middle Eastern dancing, Turkic garb and jewelry, Medieval dancing, Khazar persona and history research, crossbow & target archery, fencing,  drumming, calligraphy & illumination, pottery, equestrian practices, chirurgeonate studies.
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